Technical Director Plans Youth Football Program
Liberia Football Association (LFA) Technical Director Henry
Brown says he is working on developing a youth program for
players to undergo before being call to the senior national
team. During an recent interview at his office at the LFA
headquarter in Monrovia, Brown said he has been given a term
of reference to monitor and design programs for the national
teams and development programs for the entire country.
When questioned about some of his initial programs designed,
Brown pointed out that right now he is monitoring the
national team. “Right now we (the national team) are in a
competition- the preliminary rounds of the South Africa 2013
Nations Cup qualifier against Namibia, and will be setting
up a youth program soon for the national Under-20 ahead of
their international tournaments later this year in North
Africa” he noted.
‘We are going to create a pattern to get into the national
team like the program that was designed back in 1997-99. We
will also be working and designing plans on how players are
guided from their elementary football through to the
division level, National Under-17, 20 and 23 before being
picked for the senior team’ Brown narrated.
The technical director will partner with the educational
office's Joseph Tamba in packaging a training curriculum for
rural and urban coaches to enhance the development of
grassroots football that will create the path to identify
potential talents from out of the city for inclusion, he
Those programs when design will be presented to the
Confederation of African Football (CAF) and FIFA for funding
and if those international bodies see it attractive they
will fund it, but the government of every country usually
pumps in cash to keep and advance the programs, he
Most of those programs are going to be designed with school
time allocation in the format to strengthen the kids'
educational foundation while they are pursuing football as
their short term careers, Because a huge number of the
current top-level players in our leagues now are faced with
educational problems, we are going to fight in eradicating
it from Liberia’s up coming generation of players, the
technical director noted.
Browne, a former national team player and coach and a league
club president, said nothing is strange to him when it comes
to Liberian football. He has worked in the administrative
and technical facets of Liberian football. He was head coach
of the Liberian youth team with the likes of Dulee Johnson,
Natus Ponnie and Dioh Williams that won the Gothia and Dana
Cups in Sweden and Denmark in the late 1990s.
He said he is working with all areas of Liberian football to
see a better and stronger team. Addressing the issue of
Thomas Kojo and Kelvin Sebwe not been a licensed coaches, he
said the two coaches have worked with the recently dismissed
Italian Roberto Landi and they understand the players that
are onboard now for the qualifier on the 29th of this month
against Namibia in Monrovia.
Discussions are afloat regarding the licenses issue: they
will be writing the CAF Football License B Certificate later
this year and both of them are interested in honoring the
process, Browne added.
“The relevance of bringing in an international coach I can
not say yes or no now until the FA reach that decision, but
we want to build our local coaches and that will need an
importation of an experienced coach to provide guidance for
the local guys that will take over in the future” he added.